Commitment to Diversity
ORAU Believes that a Diverse Workforce Offers a Competitive Advantage
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is committed to diversity. This commitment is evident in our efforts to create innovative solutions, attract exceptional people, and achieve impressive results.
To achieve greater diversity awareness, we have established three central objectives:
- Maintain a workforce that is knowledgeable of, understands, and respects individual differences by employing proactive measures to ensure employment and personnel actions are reflective of our diversity principles.
- Educate the workforce on diversity and the advantages of a diverse workforce by offering diversity training, educational programs, and awareness events and celebrations.
- Infuse diversity into our corporate DNA by integrating diversity principles into applicable policies, business processes, and practices to the point that diversity initiatives become a fundamentally natural process.
ORAU’s success in these efforts has included:
Workforce diversity: Expanded recruitment methods to continually increase the percentage of minorities and women in professional and management positions.
Education partnerships: Accomplished significant minority and female participation in science education programs and facilitated research and education collaborations in emerging technologies.
Subcontracting: Achieved success in exceeding subcontracting goals with small businesses.
Community outreach: Contributed funds and employee time to local schools and community organizations.
ORAU recognized as a 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best Diversity Company